Some more great film clips:

We've seen a bazillion clips of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2. Here's the other main sex scene (zipped .avi), as the detective has sex with his lover while thinking of Sharon Stone. The woman is Flora Montgomery.

We really needed to see the jumbo-ass HD (zipped .avi) version of The Beach to get a good look at Virginie Ledoyen, because the day-for-night scene is so dark that it is difficult to see when it is any smaller than this, but the size allows it to be visible with less light. There is a sample capture below. The tiny insert is my hypothetical re-creation of what the scene might have looked like in the original light.


Internal Affairs (1990):

Andy Garcia plays a character who shows no signs of love, caring, or humor. His eyes maintain eternal ophidian coldness. He is a manipulative, jealous, sanctimonious, ambitious, self-centered yuppie who doesn't trust his wife, and yet neglects her when he isn't slapping her around in public places. He refers to his partner as a dyke. He also demonstrates a substance abuse problem.

And he's the good guy!

That will tell you something about the kind of police thriller we're dealing with here.

Garcia plays Raymond Avilla, an ambitious newcomer to the Internal Affairs department of LAPD, and he is on the trail of a troubled cop when he determines that the cop's partner should be the real target. The real bad guy is a 40 year old beat cop named Dennis Peck who is essentially at the same rank as when he started in the force because he simply doesn't ever want to go any higher. He loves the life on the streets. He also lives in a $400,000 home and owns two expensive cars, despite the fact that he makes $35,000 a year, has three ex-wives, and is paying child support on eight children! Internal Affairs can see that the facts point to corruption, but Dennis Peck is not an easy man to investigate. He's a highly decorated hero and a loving father with another on the way. He's also an incredibly charming guy who has done favors for everyone on the force from the lowest rookie to the top brass. He has built a series of underworld connections that render him capable of doing almost anything for anybody. Does a struggling cop need to moonlight part-time? Peck finds him a decent job with good pay. Does somebody need his parents killed? Peck can arrange that as well. In fact, when his weak-kneed partner seems about to cave in and turn stoolie to Internal Affairs, Peck uses his underworld connections to arrange a hero's death for the youngster. How did Peck know that the guy was about to turn? Peck was sleeping with the man's wife, who told him everything. In fact, Peck seems to have every man in his pocket and every woman in his bed, and seems to know everything, and everyone's weaknesses.

When Avilla gets too close in his IA investigation, Peck starts to manipulate him as well. Peck can see that the IA man is a workaholic who has an incredibly smokin' neglected wife, so he provokes the investigator with a scheme to make him think that his wife is sleeping with Peck. Peck uses the man's jealousy and hot temper to provoke him into violence, first against Peck, and then against his own wife.

The two men get into a pecker contest that just keeps escalating into a cataclysmic ending.

Is that plot credible? On paper, no.

  • Anybody as clever as Peck would not make it so obvious that he was stealing. A cop paying child support on eight kids driving a new Mercedes convertible and living in a mansion? C'mon. Why not just wear a sign that says. "Bribes accepted. We take all major credit cards."
  • No police force would let an investigator continue on a case after he beat the shit out of the guy he was investigating, as Avilla did to Peck.
  • An important conflict in the movie, between the good cop and his wife, is provoked simply because she refuses to say, "Oh I had lunch with some guy named Dennis Peck, and he asked me tons of questions about you." That statement would have been the simple truth, and would immediately have drained all the tension from their relationship. Instead, the tension was maintained because he had seen her lunching with Peck and she refused to acknowledge it. She kept up with the "It's none of your business" line, thus provoking him into a jealous rage. But why would she do that? The lunch was innocent and she should simply have explained what actually happened. Her behavior wasn't credible. It was just a necessary script device.
  • It was not credible that Peck would shoot the IA cop (Avilla's partner). Up until that point, all of his evil actions were deniable schemes, and there was a question of whether he could weasel his way out of trouble. But there was no way to deny having shot a cop in front of witnesses. In essence, that meant he would have to be caught and killed or imprisoned, and therefore made everything that came after it anticlimactic.

The whole concept is really ridiculous on paper, and yet this film works in the sense that you don't raise many serious credibility questions while you are watching it. It works because the director did a masterful job of involving the audience with the characters, and at maintaining the tension in scene after scene. In one example, Avilla watches from across a busy street as his wife lunches with Peck. He frets and paces back and forth, his anger and shock escalating, exacerbated by the frustration he feels at not being able to hear what they are saying, and that the traffic sporadically blocks his view. The audience is inside his head, feeling his frustration, yet also aware that he's being manipulated, because the director occasionally switches the camera to a shot inside the restaurant, where we can hear that the couple is having a perfectly innocent conversation. In scene after scene, the director's choices are perfect: the music, the camera set-ups, the editing, and so forth. The film is dripping with malevolent tension. Impressive! The action scenes are not as good, but this is really not an action movie. The scenes that need to be good are good. (The director is Mike Figgis, later of Leaving Las Vegas fame)

Do you recognize the basic plot line? An evil, manipulative white male character uses the minority hero's own jealousy and lack of emotional control against him. The hero is married to a beautiful white woman. At one point, the scoundrel even presents physical evidence of the hero's wife's infidelity - like a pair of panties or, oh, I don't know, maybe a handkerchief. If you think about it enough, you'll see that Internal Affairs was inspired in many respects by Shakespeare. Dennis Peck, in presenting the incriminating panties to Avilla, is a modern version of Iago presenting the incriminating handkerchief to Othello. In other scenes, Peck provokes other characters to evil action - even murder - just for the sheer joy of manipulation. Pure Iago!

Here's a surprise for you if you haven't seen the film: the Iago role is played by Richard Gere. If you think that is completely against type, think about it some more. Dennis Peck is an evil, manipulative man but he appears completely charming on the surface. He's a handsome, seductive ladies man who is desired by most women, and whose affability and helpfulness make him popular with men as well. He even loves children, and much of his behavior is attributable to his desire to give all of his kids something better than a life of dire poverty. It seems to me that Gere was the perfect choice to play this role. If the actor were any less attractive, or any less convincingly seductive, or any less sensitive with his children, we could not believe that a simple beat cop had built such a secret empire. More predictable casting, like Christopher Walken or John Malkovich, would not have worked with this role, but Gere had all the right stuff. It very well may be the best performance of his career.

I really only had one complaint about the film. With such a delicious set-up, I wish the screenwriter could have come up with a better ending than to have one of the two men standing with a smoking gun over the other's body lying face-down in a pool of blood. I grant that the dialogue between them in that showdown was inventive and that the scene was presented skillfully and with dramatic impact - the kind of impact that leaves the audience shivering as they watch a frozen tableau while the music plays over the closing credits. Having granted that, I just wish that Peck could have used his death in some ironic way - to get a massive insurance settlement, or to frame Avilla for a crime, or something like that, instead of just "Bang, bang, you're dead. Roll credits."

Oh well, that's only a quibble, so let's give credit where credit is due, and plenty is due. Given that I hated both main characters and the ending, I think it's a fair conclusion to say that the director and actors did a helluva job in putting it all together, because I really enjoyed watching this movie. In fact, I think it is a good enough film that it merits a better DVD. I'd like to see a DVD with a director's and or writer's commentary, with the deleted scenes (there was a scene in the trailer which never made it into the movie), and with both versions (widescreen and full screen) which have been issued in the past.

I do NOT recommend you get this DVD, even though the movie is good. The saddest part about the widescreen DVD is not the lack of features, but rather the fact that we lost the Nancy Travis nudity. The Travis captures below are from the full screen VHS version.


Faye Grant.

I haven't seen Faye Grant in years, but IMDb says she has a role in the upcoming "V: The Second Generation." (She was in the original series 20-25 years ago.) Did you know that her real name is Faye Yoe, and that she began her show business career doing Spanish-language commercials in Mexico City? Here is lots of info about her not available elsewhere.

Nancy Travis

(NOT from the DVD, which cuts this scene off at the top of her breast.)

Here is Mr Skin's zipped .wmv of the scene as it appears on video tape. Collage below.


Other Crap:

Elvis Presley and the Presidents: A Retrospective of Executive Branch Connections to the So-Called "King of Rock and Roll" (WHITEHOUSE.ORG)


The Weekend Warrior's analysis of the upcoming weekend in the theaters.

  • He thinks Pirates will pull in $117 million. If all of his numbers work, the top twelve films would be more than 30% higher than last year. That would represent a marked and welcome departure from the "slightly up" trend of the past two months.

"You Don't Know What You Think You Know: An Interview with Museum of Hoaxes Curator Alex Boese"

"Paparazzi: Rachel Hunter Topless Pictures"

Tyra Banks plays with her boobs on her TV show

Cleveland fans get best 4th of July fireworks show ever

  • The hometown Indians scored 19 against the Yankees - on Steinbrenner's birthday.

Contreras makes it 17 in a row.

"You should let me in. Do you know who I am? I'm The Hoff."

The Six Most Feared but Least Likely Causes of Death

Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep and Paul Giamatti have signed on to star in director Michael Hoffman's Tolstoy biopic

Record hammerhead shark was pregnant with 55 pups

Woman Gets 17 Years for Eating Dead Rival's Tongue

What is Orlando Bloom looking at?

"Who Will Play The Silver Surfer? It appears that an actor might not even be necessary."

Before they hit upon the master plan, the aliens had plenty of false starts: Plans 1-8 From Outer Space

The Bristol Stool Scale, as per Wikipedia

Monty Python, Three Skits: Killer Cars, Dead Parrot & Lumberjack song

David Hasselhoff's video for Jump In My Car

URL says it all:

The great under and over pants debate ... The Truth About Superman's Underpants Revealed

Sad news. You're on your own. You no longer have a friend when things get rough. H.R. Pufnstuf dies at 71

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - an Unaired Pilot, made before Hannigan was cast as Willow

Fourth of July Special - Simon and Garfunkel perform America in Central Park. One of their most beautiful songs ... "'Kathy, I'm lost,' I said, though I knew she was sleeping."

Fourth of July Special: America, Fuck Yeah



Movie Reviews:

Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.


De Noche Vienes, Esmerelda (1997)

El Beso del Sueno (1992) is a crime thriller starring Maribel Verdú.

She makes a good living meeting men on trains, taking them back to her room, drugging them, and stealing all of their valuables, hence the title of the film, "the good-night kiss." Meanwhile, Juan Diego, a former police detective, is hired by a major crook to guard the courier who is taking huge sums of cash out of the country to be laundered.

Some of you are way ahead of me by now.

Verdú nails the courier, grabs two huge suitcases full of money, and Juan Diego is hot on her trail, but falls for her. Meanwhile the bag guys don't trust Juan Diego, and want their money back.

Verdú does full frontal and rear nudity in this one, which is reason enough to watch a film, but Verdú is the only reason to watch this one. The plot is not spectacular, there isn't really enough action, and all of the characters are somewhat seedy.

This is a C-.

IMDb readers say 5.9.


Maribel Verdú








Dann reports on Stoned:

Who founded the Rolling Stones? The name that may NOT spring to mind is Brian Jones, but he was the founder of the Stones, who at 27 was found nose down in the cheese dip, well actually in a swimming pool, only a week after being let go by the band. His story is told in 2005's Stoned.

Jones lived a wild life of drugs, booze, and sex. He wrote songs and played guitar, but after several drug convictions, he was unable to tour with the band in some countries (including the U.S.), and eventually reached the point where he was consuming tons of the band's money, but without contributing anything to the group. At this point, he was cast out of the group.

Apparently, there is some disagreement about what happened the night of his death, but director Stephen Woolley reportedly spent 10 years researching his life and death.

The movie is interesting, although it plodded a little too much for my taste. Biopics tend to do that, of course, and the unrated version, at least, paid plenty of attention to the sex and drugs, as well as the rock 'n roll.

It's an OK movie, but as portrayed in the movie, the "hero" was a druggie boozer who encouraged his girlfriends to have sex with other band members, then beat the crap out of them for doing it. Not a very sympathetic character, to be sure. Also, as is common with these type of movie, there was way too many montages and crappy footage made to simulate old home movies. Personally, I'd much prefer to be able to see what I'm seeing.

various Monet Mazur Tuva Novotny





Today we finally wrap up "The Secret Cellar."


Ananda Saint James shows off the goods and the "Gyno-Cam" is turned on for this one as  Ananda pours beer all over her snatch.


Rounding out the day from "Hurlyburly," two with no nudity.


Meg Ryan looking cute as ever with some cleavage.

Robin Wright Penn, nice legs.



Toni Collette in Velvet Goldmine
Leslie Milne in Vampire at Midnight. Logical title. You don't see many at noon.
Rachel Jones in Dracula's Widow. The good news: his insurance policy did cover a stake through the heart. The bad news: it was too old to collect. I was signed by Judas Iscariot
Sandra Ferguson - Hot Line: Voyeur
There isn't much chance you're going to get to see Amy Yasbeck naked, so enjoy these shots of her coming kinda close to naked in the Mel Brooks movie Robin Hood: Men in Tights